Grandma’s Bowl

Submitted by Bev:

My recipe for Grandma’s Day will be my grandmother’s famous potato salad.  In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s my grandmother sold her potato salad commercially.  It was so popular that people came from other towns to get it.  Each year she had many private orders for this salad.  She sold it by the pound and some orders were 40 pounds or more.  Her secret was in the simplicity.  And, of course, the dressing.

The picture below is of one of the smaller bowls that my grandma used for her salads.  The large bowls are way too big for me to keep around my tiny kitchen, but my cousin still has them.  She lives in my grandma’s house.  For family reunions we gather in her kitchen and all the cousins peel onions, boil eggs and potatoes and pull together a family rendition of grandma’s salad.

It isn’t a fancy recipe, but it is one with many fond memories.

Since her time, several companies have developed a similar recipe; Reser’s is the most common.  My grandmother did not write down her recipe.  She had it in her head.  When she did try to tell us how to make it, she said things like, “Take the big yellow bowl and put enough potatoes in it to come up to here.”  And “Then add 6 seconds of sugar to the mix.”  Needless to say, we helped her enough to get the idea.  This is a smaller version of her concoction.

– About 10 potatoes, boiled, peeled and cut into cubes

– About 12-14 eggs, hard boiled, shelled and cut into cubes

– Several dollops of sweet relish (eyeball it)

– Put everything in a large bowl.

– Add dressing and mix and mix and mix.

– Top with paprika and sliced egg for ambiance.

Dressing recipe:  Equal parts mayo and Miracle Whip mixed together.  Add a little sugar to taste.

Side note- The original recipe had chopped onions in it.  I don’t do that.

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3 Responses to Grandma’s Bowl

  1. carolheigh says:

    Your grandma’s salad beats my grandma’s tomato aspic salad hands down.

  2. fefethompson says:

    It was so delicious! No wonder why she was a pro!

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